24 hours through the lens
April 30th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

The CNN Daily Mash-up

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs. Your comments, as always, are welcome.

Video: Octopus plays Kick the Can

Our Pretty Cool Video of the Day comes from iReporter Robert Suntay, who shot some amazing footage of an octopus lugging its "mobile home" - a tin can - along the ocean floor.

"Octopi are very smart but shy critters," Suntay said. "That's why I had to be really patient just waiting for it to see me, get used to me, and then react by dragging its home around. After trying to move away form me a couple of times, at the end of the video, you can see that it finally decides to just enter its can and cover itself with a shell! Brilliant move!"

And while we're deep-sea diving ...

Readers had plenty to say about our story on an Australian magnate's plans to build another Titanic, this time built by a Chinese company. Indifferent07 said:

Perhaps they can skip forward a few steps to maintain the schedule and just complete fabrication on the ocean floor.

Another commenter was marginally more optimistic:

May I be the first to suggest that they include binoculars in the nest this time?

Gay Republican knows what awkward means

iReporter NewsFreak78, a self-described gay member of the GOP, shared his thoughts on why he believes his party needs to make more of an effort to be inclusive toward the LGBT community.

I'm a conservative guy. I want less government, own my own gun and to be independent. Sounds great, but when I tell you I'm gay it's a bit of a conundrum.

No awkwardness here


Tziporah Salamon is a woman who is comfortable in her own skin and even more comfortable in eye-catching clothes. She likes the fashion freedom her life experience gives her:

Women at a certain age become invisible, and by dressing this way I'm not invisible.

Speaking of fashion ...

Hundreds of people arrived in a North Carolina park Saturday wearing stilettos and ready to run, CNN affiliate WBTV reports. They were out for the Second Annual Stiletto Sprint, a fundraiser for research at Charlotte's Levine Cancer Institute. Doctors wore wigs while teams of survivors and their supporters wore the heels. The event raised $80,000.

On the horizon: Tony Award nominations

Kristin Chenoweth and Jim Parsons announce the 2012 Tony nominations Tuesday, live from The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center. The Tonys celebrate the best in live theater.

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  1. rox731

    The video with the octopus is so cool. I guess they are interested in recycling too!

    April 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    That child in the first photo creeps me out a bit.
    I don't think this is natural at all.

    April 30, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gege

      if she{child} was one of those kids {white} in making a child star tv show, i bet you wouldn't have said that.....

      April 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You would be wrong in that assumption.
      That's also an abomination.
      Those shows should be banned, but thanks for a comment that spoke of your *own* mindset.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • rox731

      I agree with your comment. It was a little disturbing. I noticed the boys in the background are smirking so I have to wonder if this is just for the camera and this little kid really doesn't compete.

      April 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. @@@KELLYINTULSA,,,,WE ALL LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!

    SUPERMAN; SUPERMAN,

    April 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kellyintulsa

    :) Well now isn't that just sweet ! Thanks Superman I LOVE YOU ALL TOOO !!!!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Awww well said superman, and im very sure she needed to hear that today! Yes we do kelly, and good luck tomorrow girl!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kellyintulsa

    No luck needed I've got Lee's hands on my shoulders guiding me so I've go no worries lol

    April 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    Did you all know that every ones special in there own way because god dont make no junk, and thats a fact, tears roll, my hreat has sunk but we still hold our heads high

    April 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kellyintulsa

    So true Superman. I wake up every morning thankful to have another day with our son and pray that Lee guides me through the day. I have my guardian angels looking out for me and I know that all of you are some of them. Lee blessed me many times over and all of you I count as one of those blessing !!

    April 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. G. Zeusâ„¢

    Would there ever be such a thing as a place that is free that is not also thousands of miles away? Ever?

    April 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    We are here for you kelly everybody is and lee looks after in a big way and always will your a good person and we see that and our hearts are always with you lotsa lotsa

    April 30, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kellyintulsa

    :) That means a lot

    April 30, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kellyintulsa

    @Daz sorry I didn't say hello earlier. Still working out the bugs of having a new person living in the house and keeping the boy on his routine.

    April 30, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Superman

    @@@kellyintulsa im laying it down for the night so ill talk to you tommorrow and text the superman before you do your thing ok

    May 1, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    @@@dazzle c good morning,, afternoon,, and evening,,hope all is well with you and the family and good night read you tommorrow,,,,,,,superman

    May 1, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |